Welcome and thank you for visiting our website, I hope you find the information on this site helpful as you consider membership in Civil Air Patrol, the Auxiliary of the United States Air Force.

We at Goddard Cadet Squadron take great pride in our squadron's accomplishments across the spectrum of the three CAP missions we serve: Emergency Services, Cadet Programs and Aerospace Education. We are consistently recognized as one of the leading squadrons in the Massachusetts Wing. Our members are dedicated, professional and enjoy what they do! We invite you to become involved with us, contribute your talents and refine your leadership and technical skills as we carry out these very important missions. If you would like to see first hand what Goddard Cadet Squadron is all about then by all means poke around the site. If you like what you see, click the CONTACT US link to the left and we'll take it from there.

Regular meetings are usually on Sundays, typically 3:00-6:00 pm

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some meetings are being held virtually. Contact the webmaster for details

Our site is continuously undergoing updates so if you see a problem, please email us .

Thank you for your interest in Civil Air Patrol and Goddard Cadet Squadron.

Semper Vigilans,

Antonio L Fontes, Capt, CAP
Squadron Commander

(Photos and videos courtesy of Civil Air Patrol)
Cadets from Massachusetts Wing (5 of 6 from Goddard) attending Legislative Day, March 2018

Civil Air Patrol National News

CAP now part of "Total Force"

When conducting missions for the Air Force as the official Air Force auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol is now included in the Air Force’s definition of the total force. CAP has provided 75 years of support to emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs.

In August 2015, the Air Force updated Doctrine Volume 2, “Leadership,” expanding the Air Force’s descriptions of total force and Airmen to now consist of regular, Guard, Reserve, civilian and auxiliary members.

CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually.

Cadet Programs
While there are many youth oriented programs in America today, CAP's cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone.  Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP's cadet program.  The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership.  Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic). 

Whatever your interests-survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy-there's a place for you in CAP's cadet program.  Each year, cadets have the opportunity  to participate in special activities at the local, state, regional    or national level.  Many cadets will have the opportunity to solo fly an airplane for the first time through a flight                                                                                               encampment or academy.  Others will enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program.                                                                                    Still others assist at major air shows throughout the nation.

Aerospace Education is one of Goddard's hallmarks! Our staff includes an Airline Captain and FAA Certified Flight Instructor, two engineers, a physician and an FAA certified Ground Instructor.

CAP's aerospace education efforts focus on two different audiences: volunteer CAP members and the general public.  The programs ensure that all CAP members (seniors and cadets) have an appreciation for and knowledge of aerospace issues.  To advance within the organization, members are required to participate in the educational program.  Aerospace educators at CAP's National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., provide current materials that reflect the highest standards of educational excellence.  Aerospace education is divided into two parts: internal and external.         

The internal aerospace education program has two parts as well: cadet and senior. Cadets complete aerospace education as one of the requirements to progress through the  achievement levels of the cadet program. Senior members have a responsibility to become knowledgeable of aerospace issues and the AE program that CAP provides. They are further encouraged to share the information obtained with their local communities and school systems.  
CAP's external aerospace programs are conducted through our nation's educational system.  Each year, CAP sponsors many workshops in states across the nation, reaching hundreds of educators and thereby thousands of young people.  These workshops highlight basic aerospace knowledge and focus on advances in aerospace technology.  CAP's aerospace education members receive more than 20 free aerospace education classroom materials.

CAP also participates in a program known as CyberPatriot.  CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created to inspire students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program, created by the Air Force Association (AFA), features the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition for high school and middle school students.

Emergency Services

Growing from its World War II experience, the Civil Air Patrol has continued to save lives and alleviate human suffering through a myriad of emergency-services and operational missions.

Search and Rescue                               
Perhaps best known for its search-and-rescue efforts, CAP flies more than 85 percent of all federal inland search-and-rescue missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fl. Outside the continental United States, CAP supports the Joint Rescue Coordination Centers in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Just how effective are the CAP missions? Approximately 75-100 people are saved each year by CAP members.

Disaster Relief                                
Another important service CAP performs is disaster-relief operations. CAP provides air and ground transportation and an extensive communications network. Volunteer members fly disaster-relief officials to remote locations and provide manpower and leadership to local, state and national disaster-relief organizations. CAP has formal agreements with many government and humanitarian relief agencies including the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Humanitarian Services                            
CAP flies humanitarian missions, usually in support of the Red Cross-transporting time-sensitive medical materials including blood and human tissue, in situations where other means of transportation are not available.

Air Force Support                            
It's hardly surprising that CAP performs several missions in direct support of the U.S. Air Force. Specifically, CAP conducts light transport, communications support, fighter intercept, shadowing exercises and low-altitude route surveys. CAP also provides orientation flights for AFROTC cadets. Joint U.S. Air Force and CAP search-and-rescue exercises provide realistic training for missions.

CAP joined the "war on drugs" in 1986 when, pursuant to congressional authorization, CAP signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Customs Service offering CAP resources to help stem the flow of drugs into and within the United States.

While this may not be Goddard Cadet Squadron's main focus, it is not a one-all.  Goddard Cadet Squadron is known for hosting many MASAR or Massachusetts Search and Rescue School training sessions.  This training is responsible for training members to be prepared to spend 12-72+ hours "in the field" searching for downed airplanes, assisting in disaster relief operations, and many other functions.  The missions of Civil Air Patrol are constantly evolving and are always cutting edge!